This past year has been my first full year as a board member of the South Dakota Humanities Council. It's been a great experience, and I'm just beginning to see the make-up of those who apply for grant funding and what sort of projects people invest their hearts and souls into.
Take an example of something you like to do, that adds value or meaning to your life, and ask yourself: why is this thing that I like important? How do you answer the question? Your answer—whatever it ends up being—is the humanities.
My dad likes to tell the story of a favorite teacher who told students that goldfish don’t mind living in small fish bowls because their brains are very small, and every time they swim around the bowl, it’s a new experience.